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Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:38 pm

gargantua wrote:Poniatowski.

Where a longitude and latitude line converge.


That reminds me of when I came across a U.S. Geological Survey marker at the halfway point between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer. It was in Marquette County, if memory serves.
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Postby Deitrich » Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:49 pm

My faves so far are:

Paddling the St. Croix near Gov. Knowels State Park.

North Fork of the Flambeau, camping in the State Forest. No cell reception for me.

Paddling the Black River 10 mile north of Black River Falls.

Boulder Junction, Eagle River area.

Wyalusing State Park.
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Postby narcoleptish » Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:36 pm

Deitrich wrote: Paddling the Black River 10 mile north of Black River Falls.



A few years ago I frequented the East fork state campground just east of lake arbutus, on the river. Never many people there unless it was a holiday (at least then). Right on the river, private sites, good spot.
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Postby boston_jeff » Tue May 19, 2009 3:58 pm

ouroborus4 wrote:had a great extended weekend in spring green area last october. stayed at one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area, went to the well-known american players' theater, hiked in various state parks, and went to a few historical landmarks (including Frank Loyd Wright-related items). also had a chance to enjoy some good food at the restaurants in town. highly reccommended.


Taking the visiting parents to Taliesen on Monday for the tour. Is it worthwhile to go to the House on the Rock? Any lunchtime restaurant ideas? The Bank seems to be only for dinner.

Thanks forons!
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Postby MeLurkyLongTime » Tue May 19, 2009 4:05 pm

Not really, it is pretty trashy and touristy compared to Taliesin and you won't remember a thing you saw in there after you walk out, except for maybe the carousel and all of the shag carpet. The house is a pack rat's mind fuck, that said I guess everybody should see it once.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Tue May 19, 2009 4:09 pm

boston_jeff wrote:[ Is it worthwhile to go to the House on the Rock?
Very kitschy. Lots of fake "artifacts". But go anyways.
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Postby Marvell » Tue May 19, 2009 4:17 pm

boston_jeff wrote:Any lunchtime restaurant ideas? The Bank seems to be only for dinner.



The General Store downtown has good lunches.

You might have to eat alongside real life actual hippies, though.
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Postby boston_jeff » Tue May 19, 2009 4:25 pm

I live in Madison on Willy Street. Hippies don't really bother me, real or Goretex.
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Re: Explore Wisconsin

Postby Marvell » Tue May 19, 2009 4:28 pm

I was more worried about your parents.

Being from Boston they've probably been to Vermont, however. So they're probably also versed in the ways of hippies.
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Re: Explore Wisconsin

Postby ilikebeans » Tue May 19, 2009 4:29 pm

I liked House on the Rock for the shear surreality of it all. Takes about five hours to see the entire thing.

Btw, it's not so much the house itself-- that's about 20 minutes to see. It's the museum-of-kitsch on the grounds that will keep you shaking your head.
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Re: Explore Wisconsin

Postby boston_jeff » Tue May 19, 2009 4:44 pm

Marvell wrote:I was more worried about your parents.

Being from Boston they've probably been to Vermont, however. So they're probably also versed in the ways of hippies.


My parents? Come on, they grew up in the sixties! I was born in 1971! They'd be fine with whatever.
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Re: Explore Wisconsin

Postby Marvell » Tue May 19, 2009 4:46 pm

boston_jeff wrote:
My parents? Come on, they grew up in the sixties! I was born in 1971! They'd be fine with whatever.


The same could be said of Dick Cheney and his spawn.

And they wouldn't be fine with the General Store. Or vice-versa.
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Postby boston_jeff » Tue May 19, 2009 6:10 pm

Yeah, but they're from MA, so they're blue. General Store closed that day. Bummer.
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Re: Explore Wisconsin

Postby JohnnyBlood » Tue May 19, 2009 6:22 pm

We have great locations right in our own backyard. New Glarus, has one of the first music/beer tents of the season this weekend. The Glarner Stube is a great restaurant (order the Weiner Schnitzel, prime rib, and/or rosti potatoes).

Toffler's has great free music on Saturday nights. Puempel's is a neat bar. The New Glarus Bakery has great treats. Hoesly's Meat Market in the industrial park is a gem (mushroom, chicken, cajun, olive bratwurst, veal loaf, etc.). New Glarus Woods is quiet. Nice bike trail. Rustic roads nearby. Quaint, authentic, and not nearly as campy as some might think. If you go on Saturday mornings it is worth the drive to the Chalet Cheese Factory on County Highway N about 7 miles south of New Glarus. Also some great galleries & shops.

Paoli is also near by and has some great galleries and shops. Be sure to have a burger in the Paoli Pub. They are awesome. Yes, it's a country bar, but don't let that intimidate you. The patrons are friendly. Say hi to Al and/or Wanda.

Princeton, WI is a great place for the 'girls' to go shopping on Saturday; quite a unique and fun shopping experience. I highly recommend it. Cedarburg is also a great destination for shopping.

I'm also fond of the waterfalls in Marinette County, the Baraboo Bluffs, and Wyalusing State Park.
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Re: Explore Wisconsin

Postby MeLurkyLongTime » Tue May 19, 2009 11:13 pm

Take then to the cave of the mounds, at least they have Smurfs down there.
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